Deepak Hooda Quits Baroda for Rajasthan

India is a land of several differences. Cricket is a passion that unites the whole country. From Punjab in the north to Tamil Nadu in the south, cricket is enjoyed all across India. The game of Cricket has given this country of diversity moments of joy, success, and immense pride. Viewers are not only limited to watching cricket nowadays. They also want to earn money using cricket betting sites in India and their cricket knowledge. This niche growing in popularity with time and more sports are making their way into the world of online betting.

When Indians are not watching international cricket tournaments, they indulge in some state-level cricket games. A piece of recent news that is making the rounds in state-level cricket is Deepak Hooda, the Baroda all-rounder, has decided to leave the domestic team to join the Rajasthan cricket team for the upcoming season.

Deepak Hooda has already got a No Objection Certificate from the Baroda Cricket Association to quit and be a part of the Rajasthan theme. He is quitting ahead of the forthcoming domestic season.

Who is Deepak Hooda?

Deepak Hooda is an Indian cricketer who until now played for the Baroda cricket team. He has been given the nickname hurricane as he can change the game’s outcome in no time. Hooda had been one of the go-to men in the time of his under-19 tenure in 2014. In the same year, he became the second player from Baroda after Snehal Parikh to score a 100 on his first-class debut.

Deepak Hooda Quits Baroda for Rajasthan

Hooda has been playing for the Baroda team since 2013 and featured in more than 68 List-A matches and 46-first class matches for the team. In these games, he amassed 2059 and 2908 runs, respectively. Furthermore, he bagged 34 and 20 wickets. He also featured in 55 T20s for Baroda.

However, he only got noticed during his debut IPL season when he played for Rajasthan Royals. He is an all-rounder with strong striking abilities. In 14 IPL matches, he scored 151 runs. So, he had a strike rate of 158.94. In the IPL auction of 2016, Hooda was chosen by Sunrisers Hyderabad for 4.2 crore INR. This is 42 times the base price of 10 lakh INR.

Reason Why Deepak Hooda Quits Baroda

Hooda plays for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.  He had a thunderous last season at Baroda and had been suspended after he left the bio-bubble of the team before the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. Deepak had a spat with Krunal Pandya, the captain of the team due to this action. According to Hooda, the reason he left was, he was being bullied by Krunal.

Deepak Hooda Quits Baroda for Rajasthan
Deepak Hooda Quits Baroda for Rajasthan after Tiff with Krunal Pandya

Hooda has played 123 T20 matches and 46 first-class matches. He claimed that Pandya had kept him from practicing. As per his alleged letter to the board, when he was practicing in the nets for the next day’s match with the permission of Mr. Prabhakar, the head coach, Krunal stepped in and began misbehaving with him. Even after making it clear that he has got permission to practice from the head coach, Krunal told Hooda that he is the captain and the overall Baroda team. Hooda accused Krunal of stopping him from practicing showing his ‘Dadagiri’. Thereafter, Krunal had been suspended for the rest of the season.

Hooda is sad to quit Baroda as he has played for the team throughout his career. However, he has spoken to his well-wishers, coaches, and believed this to be the right decision.

What Other Cricket Experts have to Say in this Matter

His letter to Ajit Lele, BCA secretary read that he has been left under pressure, depressed, and demoralized by the behavior of Krunal Pandya. He believes that the incident that transpired between him and Krunal in January, could have been handled better by the board.

Irfan Pathan, the former Indian all-rounder tweeted with disappointment asking, how many cricket associations are going to lose out on a player who is on the list of potential players for the Indian team. Pathan believes Hooda could have easily played for more than 10 years since he is still young. He thinks it is a huge loss for Baroda, the 5-time Ranji Trophy winners.

The chairman of Baroda Cricket Association, Satyajit Gaekwad stated that the apex council has decided that Hooda will not be taken into account to represent the Baroda team for the present domestic season. This decision had been taken after taking into account the reports from the coach and team manager from the incident. He mentioned that they have also communicated with Hooda about this.

Ajit Lele said that they have issued the NOC to Hooda on Wednesday. He too believes that the incident could have been handled in a pragmatic way.

Garima Tomar

Senior Software Development Analyst at an IT firm

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